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Giving Up Your Privacy Through Facebook Posts

Our previous two blog posts in this series on Facebook and other social media have discussed some basic privacy concerns with social media and the use of privacy settings to keep your information from falling into unintended hands.  This blog post will discuss the consequences in a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim of an employer, insurance company or attorney discovering information posted on Facebook or some other social media site.

What Insurance Companies Do With Social Media Information

Jason Perkins recently spoke about the discovery of social media in workers’ compensation claims at the 2013 annual continuing education seminar put on by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.  In both workers’ compensation claims and personal injury claims, your physical condition as a result of your injuries is always an important issue.  Because of that, employers and insurance companies are often looking for pictures and videos posted on Facebook and other social media websites that they contend show that someone with a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim is not as injured as that person claims to be.  They will also be on the lookout for posts that describe a person’s physical condition or what a person can do.

Keeping Your Information Private

The best way to keep your information private is to not post it at all.  However, if you do post information, you want to make sure that it is limited to only the people that you want to see it.  The reason is that information that you intend to keep private is more likely to be protected as private information by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and other courts in Georgia.  If your information is publicly available and not private, then anyone can see it at anytime without evening having to go get permission from a court.  Once the insurance company has access to your information, they will certainly review it to see if there is anything that they can use against you in your case.  You may find that pictures and videos posted on Facebook and other social media websites could be particularly harmful to your case because they do not tell the full story of your physical condition.

Even if you do keep most of your information private on a social media website, there is a substantial risk that an insurance company or its attorney might be able to get a court to order you to provide that information to them – especially if some of the information on your social media pages is publicly available.  So, if you want to keep your information private, the safest thing to do is to not post it on social media websites.  While you can minimize the risk of having the information fall into unintended hands by carefully reviewing and setting your privacy options, you cannot guarantee that only the people you want will have access to the information.

What if I have other questions about workers compensation?

Georgia’s workers compensation system can be very confusing.  You have to worry about getting the treatment you need and paying your bills while also worrying about not missing any deadlines that could cause you to lose your right to receive workers compensation benefits.

If you have questions, I would recommend that you try to get answers.  To find out more about how to schedule a time to talk to me about your workers compensation questions, just read this short article.

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

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Brittney-lee orourkeBrittney-lee orourke
05:23 18 Feb 22
Amazing! Jason and his team were very helpful and had the best communication by far. Walked me though every step with great detail and had answers for any question I had. They handled my case better then I could imagine, it was a weird case and they stayed on top of it and kept me updated every step of the way! Highly recommend this Team! Thanks so much to Jason and his Awesome team!-Brittney
China JonesChina Jones
18:58 08 Feb 22
I absolutely love this group of attorneys, when I was at my lowest they did everything they could to help me get justice for my injury. I believe if I were to have never picked my phone up and called the amazing group that helped me I definitely would not have received my idea of rights. If you have an issue and are just not sure please understand that they will help you, stay in contact, answer any question you have, and for sure get you the justice you deserve I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I will definitely refer them to anyone who has been hurt because they most definitely care about their work and clients.
Luv LocsLuv Locs
16:08 15 Jan 22
The entire law office was attentive and responsive to all of my concerns dealing with my workers compensation case.
moombimoombi
21:14 02 Jan 22
If you must get a lawyer involved, you’d do well to work with Jason Perkins and his team at Perkins Studdard Law.They were thorough in gathering information and in sharing all the steps in the workers comp process specific to my case. Jason and the team were responsive to my bevy of questions and concerns.I appreciated the informative videos and consultations provided by Jason over video meetings and multiple phone calls.I hope I’m never injured on the job again. However, if I am and if my employer responds as my previous employer did, I’ll contact Perkins Studdard Law immediately to handle the case.
Dana BessDana Bess
23:57 10 Dec 21
Everyone at Perkins Studdard was kind and professional. They were always extremely responsive and answered all questions that I had and followed up to make sure I had an understanding of what was going on along with emailing videos to explain every step of my case so I would know what to expect and be prepared. Jason is a very genuine person and I trusted him with my case. He answered so many questions for me even before I retained him as my WC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his associates at Perkins Studdard.
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